Philippe Tortell is the Director of the Institute. He is a biological/chemical oceanographer with broad interests in ocean-climate interactions. He received his BSc in Biology at McGill University (1994), and an MA (1997) and PhD (2001) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.
Dr. Tortell is a sea-going oceanographer with broad interests in marine biogeochemical cycles and ocean-climate interactions. His recent work has focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems. His research employs a variety of laboratory and field-based measurements to examine the interactions between marine micro-organisms and ‘climate-active’ trace gases including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and dimethylsulfide.
Dr. Tortell has a long-standing relationship with the Peter Wall Institute, having been an Early Career Scholar in 2004 and a Wall Scholar from 2014-16. During his residence at the Institute, he has fostered wide ranging and inter-disciplinary discussions on Arctic-related issues, with a primary focus on climate change research, and explored innovative and novel approaches to represent microbial and environmental data.